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Daily Raptor Dish - 09.01.10
Raps get big comeback win against 76ers
T aside, Bargnani improving
The knock on Chris Bosh is that he canít create and get his shot off in late-game moments with the game hanging in the balance.
Power forwards in the NBA arenít exactly asked to win games because, given their position, itís too easy to send another defender and force the ball out of their hands.
But Friday night, with the game on the line and the Raptors running a two-man game featuring Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu, the club asked its franchise player to win a game, a game that went the hostís way for most of the evening.
And Bosh delivered, sending the Raptors to their thrilling 108-106 victory, Torontoís eighth in the past 10 games, a win that puts the team one game over .500.
The Sixers preferred to play Bosh straight up, leaving Samuel Dalembert, who earlier had flushed home a put-back dunk to give Philly the lead, to fend for himself.
The left-handed Bosh took Dalembert off the dribble from the left block, got into the lane and used his right hand to find net.
The officials rightfully called a continuation as Dalembert fouled Bosh. It was the Canadianís sixth and disqualifying foul of the night, sending Bosh to the line, where he converted with 8.4 seconds left.
When matched up against Samuel Dalembert, Bargnani got off a shot, which the officials felt Dalembert cleanly blocked.
The fact that the ball appeared to be on its way into the basket didn't seem to be of any consequence to the officials.
A goaltending call should have been called and two points awarded to the Raptors.
The play was ruled a block and as Bargnani ventured downcourt to play defence, he turned to the official, veteran Monty McCutchen, and uttered words that didn't sit well.
Bargnani got teed up, his first technical of the season, and one of the few technicals he has picked up in his NBA career.
One of the best ways in the NBA to earn respect is by being vocal and to get in an official's ear.
Equally important is to be consistent, which is another area Bargnani has shown improvement.
Bargnani gave the Raptors their first lead of the game by nailing a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter, but he wasn't settling for his jumper.
His technical showed that perhaps Bargnani has had enough of the disrespect officials have accorded him.
Feschuk: Chris Bosh rises to the challenge from Jay Triano
ROCKETS EYE BOSH?
The well-informed and well-plugged in folks at espn.com report that Houston will be in hot pursuit of Chris Bosh as the NBA's trade deadline nears next month. Bosh is eligible for free agency this summer and there are numerous teams, including his current one, that covet the big man. Unless GM Bryan Colangelo gets completely blown away by a trade offer, it's high doubtful Bosh will be with another team this season.
The Elton Brand era in Philadelphia has been a colossal failure. When he bolted the Clippers for free agency two years ago, much was expected of the low post demon who is a terror on the boards. Injuries have robbed Brand of his former explosive game and last night he sat out because of a stomach virus. When available, Brand comes off the bench in Eddie Jordan's rotation.
Class act Ed Pinckney serves as a TV analyst on 76ers broadcasts. The Villanova product was a member of the expansion Raptors and served as Toronto's first captain. He took the opening tip in the Raptors' first game against the New jersey Nets at the SkyDome.
Young Raptors answer to former idol tonight
In the lead-up to Friday's Raptors game, coach Jay Triano was asked what was ailing his team's best player, Chris Bosh.
This was a couple of days after Triano singled out Bosh for a subpar effort in a win in Orlando. And this was with the Raptors playing their best basketball of the season, having won seven of eight games heading into Friday night.
"I think he's starting to fade a little bit," Triano said of Bosh before Friday's game. "We expect him to have more bounce tonight than he did in the Orlando game."
Consider the call-out a success. Bosh responded with a 29-point, nine-rebound effort in a 108-106 win over the Sixers. And if endurance has sometimes been an issue for Bosh, he certainly had plenty in the tank in the game's final moments. Bosh's three-point play with eight seconds left Ė a driving layup and the ensuing free throw Ė provided the winning points.
Bosh leads Raptors past Sixers
When Sonny Weems first walked into an NBA locker room with Denver last year, he was as starstruck as a trembling fan.
"It was so shocked," Weems said. "It took me, like, a week to say something to anyone."
Weems, it turns out, was particularly awed by the presence of Allen Iverson. Some eleven years Iverson's junior, the now-23-year-old Weems, like a lot of hoopsters his age, grew up idolizing the 10-time all-star. So to be thrust into the peer group of Iverson, not to mention that of Carmelo Anthony, another childhood hero, was overwhelming.
Weems, an NBA sophomore, is over it now, which is a good thing for the Raptors. On Friday night, Toronto will line up against Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center. It'll be a big moment for at least one other Raptor.
Bosh seals dramatic victory for Toronto
Chris Bosh made the go-ahead three-point play with 8.4 seconds left, and had 29 points and nine rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 108-106 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points to help the Raptors rally from a 13-point hole and win their third straight game.
Bosh was fouled by Sixers centre Samuel Dalembert on a drive to the basket and made the twisting, off-balance layup. He sank the free throw for a 108-106 lead.
Lou Williams' last-chance three-pointer was off the mark and the Sixers dropped to 4-12 at home. Sixers forward Elton Brand missed the game with a stomach virus.
Before the game, Sixers team president Ed Stefanski refused to say coach Eddie Jordan's job was safe for the rest of the season with the team off to a 10-25 start.
Andre Iguodala fell just shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Williams scored 23 points and Allen Iverson had a season-high 22.
Sixers fall to Raptors, 108-106
More than a month ago, the Toronto Raptors never could have coasted through a half of a game and still salvage a victory. Most likely, the poor effort would have carried over to the second half, with an ugly defeat the end result.
However, the Raptors are definitely a changed team. Now, too, they are a team that is better than .500.
For the first time since they were 5-4, the Raptors have more wins than losses following a dramatic 108-106 win over the 76ers last night in Philadelphia. Mark the Raptors down for 19 wins to their 18 losses.
Chris Bosh was sensational down the stretch as the Raptors' offensive unit, particularly Hedo Turkoglu, was not. Bosh's layup while being fouled by Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert with 8.4 seconds left gave the Raptors a two-point lead they would not relinquish. He had eight of his 29 points in the final frame.
The Raptors followed Bosh's miss by coaxing an awful possession out of Philadelphia, with Lou Williams missing a desperate three-pointer at the buzzer from well beyond the arc. It missed badly, giving the Raptors their eighth win in nine outings.
Situations like this one: Bosh was facing Sixers center Samuel Dalembert with the clock ticking down and the Sixers clinging to a 106-105 lead. Bosh, who finished with a game-high 29 points, jabbed left, drove middle, and knocked the ball off the glass with his right hand - of note because he is a lefty.
"He sort of somehow gets off a right-hand scoop hook against our best defender, and that is what all-stars do," Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said.
The foul was Dalembert's sixth and final. Seconds earlier, he had slammed home a missed transition layup by Sixers forward Thaddeus Young, giving his team the lead with 19.7 seconds left.
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